Chris Speyer’s work combines his passion for drama with a fascination for form and surface. His abstract sculptures are expressions of mood, as affected by climate and weather phenomena. And his site-specific, outdoor pieces illuminate the character of their locations and explore the contradictions in our relationship to our environment as they attempt to bridge the divide between the built and the found.
As a young man, Chris Speyer trained in stage design at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney. He designed fringe theatre productions in London before becoming co-artistic director of Theatre Kit (London) and later artistic director of Monster Productions (Newcastle). In addition to his work as a designer and director, he has written forty plays and musicals.
Chris began making ceramics in the 1980’s and set up Yerja Ceramics and Textile with textile painter Katherine Ukleja. The couple’s work was exhibited widely including: The Barbican (London), Feira Internacional do Artesanato (Lisbon), Chelsea Comes to California (Los Angeles), Keramisto (Milsbeek), Ammersee International Ceramics Fair (Germany), Time for Tea (Crafts Council international touring), and sold through commercial galleries in UK, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Japan and US. The couple also undertook commissions for BCT (UK), Inax (Japan) and Biras Creek Hotel (British Virgin Islands).
In 1997 Chris was elected a Fellow of the Craft Potters’ Association. He received an MA in Ceramic Design from the Bath School of Art and Design in 2018.